Aside from taking a trip to Italy, Festa Italiana is the next best thing. Stop in and see an Italian film, visit the Italian marketplace and view vintage photos of Italian families and early Milwaukee.


See the sites, connect with your Italian roots and be Italian for the day as you explore Festa Italiana’s many cultural exhibits!

artisan market

Artisan Market

Check out our Artisan Market in the new Piazza area on the North End of the grounds! Italian American artisans and invited guests from regional, national and world collection of creative industries professionals.


These selected artisans represent the next generation of Italian American artisans. With reputations that reach beyond our local/regional area that is Milwaukee. Consequently, the worlds and future history will prove to be, Italian fine artisans representing Festa Italiana.


Perpetuating their culture and art as descendants of Italy’s renaissance era. Our Artisans come from all walks of life and art, encompassing mediums of oil, acrylic, ceramic, plaster, wood/natural and mixed media, photography, literature, and performance Art and more.


Demonstrating and selling their Art during all three days of Festa. Our ensemble of creatives share their Art, culture, and knowledge to all; a rare site, not unlike the Salons of Europe in our Italian and European Art history.


Cucina Showcase

Don’t miss a fantastic line-up of local chef demonstrations, foodie competitions for the whole famiglia, and a great mix of local and gourmet vendors for you to shop and sample. Click for more detail.

Explore the Regional Tent to learn about Umbria, a region of historic and modern culture

This year, Festa will be highlighting the region Umbria, the only Italian region having neither a coastline nor a border with other countries.  It includes the Lake Trasimeno, Cascata delle Marmore, and is crossed by the River Tiber.  The regional capital is Perugia.  Umbria is known for its landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy and influence on culture.

Genealogy Exhibit

Discover where you come from and who your people are. Celebrate and share your family heritage. Learn about your family history and start your family tree! Learn how to preserve your family heirlooms, interweave records with history, and discover your family story.


This year’s Regional Exhibit at Festa Italiana will feature a presentation on genealogy in the region of Umbria and throughout Italy and is presented by Pursuing Our Italian Names Together, Chapter 22, the Italian Community Center’s Italian Family History Club. We will be joined by members of the Milwaukee County Genealogical Society (M.C.G.S.), as well. By using resources available online and in private databases, we’ll help people learn how to find more information about their famiglia!


TROVA I TUOI ANTENATI (Find Your Ancestors) noon to 7 p.m. daily.


In order to help, we’ll need you to bring information from the following two resources:


Fill these out as best as you can with the information you know and bring it to our display to learn more about your Italian heritage!


Italian Cinema and Bellini/Limoncello Bar

Need a break from walking around the Festa grounds? Stop in and relax while enjoying Italian films and travelogues playing each day at the Italian Community Center Cinema Tent!


You’ll have the chance to learn about the development of the Italian film industry in the early 1900’s, as well as the filmmakers and performers who have enjoyed great international acclaim and influenced film movements throughout the world. View our walls of famous Italian and American-Italian movie stars, or take you photo with our life-sized Oscar statue!


We also have two new exciting additions to Festa Italiana’s Cinema Tent:

  • Italian Movie Trivia from 7-8 p.m. All winners walk away with a prize!
  • Glorioso’s Mini-Mart, where you can purchase anything from food products to jewelry and household goods.


The Cinema Bar will serve bellini cocktails, espresso, Italian sodas and other Italian libations including Campari, Sambuca, Limoncello and other surprises! Free popcorn is available for those who attend the movies.


So, whether you’re here to watch a movie, grab a drink, play trivia, shop or enjoy a friendly conversation, join us for the Cinema Tent’s wealth of Italian culture!


Here is the 2016 Festa Movie Schedule:


Friday, July 22:

  • 2:00 PM – All Roads Lead to Rome
  • 4:30 PM – La Mossa Del Pinguino
  • 7:00 PM – Italian Movie Trivia


Saturday, July 23:

  • 2:00 PM – Benvenuti Al Sud
  • 4:30 PM – Noi E La Giulia
  • 7:00 PM – Italian Movie Trivia


Sunday, July 24:

  • 2:00 PM – All Roads Lead to Rome
  • 4:30 PM – Noi E La Giulia
  • 7:00 PM – Italian Movie Trivia




See who you know at the country’s largest vintage Italian photo display. Explore Milwaukee’s Italian heritage and its rich 150-year-old Italian story through this collection of priceless photographs.

From photos of a father or grandfather in a military uniform, to memories of the “good old days” in the Third Ward, as well as images of families, businesses, street scenes and weddings, these photos capture the Italian experience in Milwaukee for all generations to cherish.

Click here to learn more.


 Pompeii Church Exhibit

A tribute to the Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church, which was built by Milwaukee’s immigrant Italians in the city’s Old Third Ward, the exhibit provides a stunning display of Italian religious beliefs and customs. Many of the artifacts on display were salvaged before the demise of the church, which occurred under an urban renewal project order.


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